Callout 21/04/2013

Skerries RNLI Lifeboat Retruning to Station

Skerries RNLI recorded their first service in their new Atlantic 85 "Louis Simson" this afternoon when they were tasked to reports of a vessel adrift off Bettystown beach.

The vessel, thought to be a personal water craft or jet-ski was reported to be drifting approx. half a mile off Bettystown beach with no sign of anyone on board. The pagers were set off and the volunteer crew launched less than ten minutes later. It was quickly established that the owner of the vessel was in fact on shore, however, it was decided that the drifting jet-ski could potentially pose a danger to others and the decision was made to locate it and return it to the beach.

Once on scene the volunteer crew found the vessel almost immediately and put a member of crew on board, who then returned it to its owner on the beach. The lifeboat then returned to station and refuelled ready for the next service.

Afterwards, Emma Wilson, volunteer crew member said: "The visibility was very good today, but it was something quite small we were looking for, so the extra crew member on the boat really made a difference as they could concentrate solely on looking for the jet-ski."